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New boys won't copy Tottenham ban...

Blackpool have become the first club to actually encourage fans to bring vuvuzelas to matches, after a raft of bans for the instrument from Championship and Premier League clubs.

Tottenham Hotspur announced that they were banning vuvuzelas from their White Hart Lane ground on Monday, and neighbours Arsenal have followed suit at the Emirates. The north London giants have taken their cues from Ipswich Town, Southampton, Cardiff City and Leicester City, all of whom had already made the plastic trumpets unwelcome at their respective grounds.

But it seems that the Seasiders are keen for fans to create more of a holiday atmosphere at Bloomfield Road.

"We are keen to ensure the atmosphere created by our fans is better than ever before," said a spokesman for the Tangerines, according to The Sun.

Vuvuzelas were a noted feature of the World Cup in South Africa, but divided opinion - with many observers complaining about the ear-splitting noise they created in stadia.

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